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DATA FOR FIRST-TIME TEST TAKERS

SCHOOL

2013 WRITING TEST
PASS RATE

2014 WRITING TEST
PASS RATE

Alcovy

94%

96% (+2)

Eastside

95%

97% (+2)

Newton

93%

96% (+3)

NCSS

93%

96% (+3)

State

94%

96% (+2)

 

Newton County School System (NCSS) writing test scores increased across the board this year with all three high schools and the district as a whole besting last year’s scores. In addition, the district, Alcovy and Newton all matched the state’s average pass rate. Eastside bested the state pass rate by one percent this year.

The NCSS pass rate increased by three percent in 2014, going from 93 percent to 96 percent. The state posted a two percent increase in the pass rate this year, going from 94 percent in 2013 to 96 percent in 2014. At the school level, 96 percent of students passed the Writing Test in 2014—a two point increase over last year’s rate. Eastside students also showed gains this year, going from a 95 percent pass rate in 2013 to a 97 percent pass rate in 2014—an increase of two percent. At Newton High School, 96 percent of test takers passed the writing test in 2014 compared to 93 percent last year, an increase of three percent.

“All three high schools already had a very high pass rate with regard to this important test,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County School System. “When your scores are in the 90 percent range already, it is challenging to increase performance results, but all three schools exceeded expectations, and I am very proud of this accomplishment. Our goal, on any test, is to have 100 percent pass and our students are very close to meeting that goal on this test. I credit our schools’ performance to a combination of increased parental support, strong school leadership, our teachers increasing rigor in their classrooms and our students continuing to strive to succeed. This is yet another example of our schools moving in the right direction. Throughout last year and now in this school year we are seeing an increase in pass rates on state and national tests. Our goal is to continue this trend as we strive to be the best while focusing with a keen eye on areas of opportunity.”

Currently, students in the 11th grade participate in the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) and must pass the GHSWT to earn a Georgia diploma.  Students are asked to produce a response to one on-demand persuasive writing prompt.  The writing test requires students to produce a composition of no more than two pages on an assigned topic.  Students are allowed 100 minutes to write their essay.  The test is administered three times a year so that students have multiple opportunities to take the test before the end of the 12th grade.  This year, however, marked the last full administration of the Georgia High School Writing Test. In the future, students’ writing will be assessed through the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. For more information, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Director of Testing, at jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.  

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